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We know there's more to life than studying. When you're ready to take a break from the books, you'll find plenty of recreational, cultural and sports opportunities in San Luis Obispo.

With a population of 44,000 people, San Luis Obispo is located just eight miles from the Pacific Ocean and is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles at the junction of Highway 101 and scenic Highway 1. The city's ideal weather and natural beauty provide numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation at nearby city and state parks, lakes, beaches and wilderness areas.

San Luis Obispo also boasts a lively downtown area with Mission Plaza, a creek setting with bustling shopping, outdoor and indoor dining, nightlife and its famous Thursday Night Farmer's Market where patrons can buy produce and enjoy outdoor barbecue and entertainment. This unique blend of history, culture, commerce and entertainment make San Luis Obispo's downtown area one of the most attractive, interesting and economically vibrant downtowns in America.

For more information about community activities, consult the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Web site.

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